California

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A Murderer and a Saint

Father Junipero Serra, the missions, and me.

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Waiting For Facts

The shakeup in Berkeley’s Catholic community.

Steve Rhodes, via Flickr

Color and Consciousness

Bruce Reyes-Chow curates tough, necessary conversations about race.

William Lane Craig, from his July 2013 email newsletter.

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher

Life lessons from the Christian apologist William Lane Craig.

Killing the Buddha

This Post Means Nothing

Readers may have been surprised to find that Killing the Buddha did not feature a blog post about the nativity scene fracas in Santa Monica, wherein atheists acquired and used most of the traditional display spots to advertise their philosophy. This story was relevant to our area of coverage and to our audience. We could…

Personal Collection of Harvey Milk.

The Queer Smithsonian?

During my recent stay in San Francisco, I happened into the press opening for the GLBT History Museum. Located in the Castro District, the museum bills itself as the “queer Smithsonian.” It holds one of the largest archives of GLBT historical materials anywhere in the world. Upon entering the museum’s 1,600 square feet of gallery…

Killing the Buddha

“Liquid Faith,” African Style

Duncan Scrymgeour just wrote to us from Los Angeles with a fascinating addendum to Monday’s article: I read “Liquid Faith” by Mark Bergen with profound interest. I noticed similar movement among Latino immigrants in the largest center of that community here in Los Angeles. I published my research in 1996 in New Trends and Developments…

Zoroastrian temple fire

The Fake Fire

Searching for an ancient faith in its modern diaspora.

Las Vegas, Nevada. Built in 1938.

The False Science

Testing the limits of tolerance on a psychic’s new book.

"When they turn toward the ocean, I'm standing there, shoving another monk into the waves."

Pushing Monks

Lost at sea on a flotilla of enlightenment.

Shoes

Sex, Shoes, and California Zen

Growing pains and hanky panky at the San Francisco Zen Center.

"Hair 2001," by Jeremy Brothers for KtB

Among the Jesus Freaks

Sit-in, pray-in, sing-in, and be-in with the son of a preacher man and a camp of Christian acidheads.